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Our Veterinarians

Dr. Stacy Andrew is board certified in veterinary ophthalmology.
Stacy Andrew
DVM, DACVO
Ophthalmology
Stacy Andrew
DVM, DACVO
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Ophthalmology
Ophthalmology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Stacy Andrew's special interests include corneal diseases, ocular manifestations of systemic disease and eyelid surgery. Prior to BluePearl, Dr. Andrew served as a faculty member at the University of Florida.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists
  • Residency, Ophthalmology, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, MSPCA Angell Memorial Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Bachelor of Science, Zoology, University of Vermont, Burlington
Dr. Andrew enjoys traveling, reading and horse-related activities. She and husband, Dr. Alan Cross, have a French bulldog and a pitbull.
Dr. Nicolas Berryessa is board certified in veterinary internal medicine.
Nicolas Berryessa
DVM, DACVIM
Internal Medicine
Nicolas Berryessa
DVM, DACVIM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Nicolas Berryessa is particularly interested in infectious diseases and immune-mediated disorders.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
  • Residency, Small Animal Internal Medicine, University of California, Davis
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Georgia Veterinary Specialists, Sandy Springs
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca NY
  • Bachelor of Science, University of California, Davis
Dr. Nicole Block is a resident in our neurology service.
Nicole Block
DVM
Neurology
Nicole Block
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Resident
Neurology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Nicole Block is a resident in our neurology service. Her particular clinical interests include medical and surgical management of intervertebral disc disease, vestibular disease, and seizure management.
  • Internship, Neurology, BluePearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital, Sandy Springs GA
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, VCA Shoreline Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center, Norwalk and Shelton CT
  • Clinical Rotation, The Ohio State University, Columbus
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, St. George’s University, Grenada, West Indies
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, St. George’s University, Grenada, West Indies
Dr. Block loves exploring new places, attending live music shows and being outside. She brings her dog Coco everywhere with her.
Dr. Ryan Bray is board certified in small animal internal medicine.
Ryan Bray
DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)
Internal Medicine
Ryan Bray
DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Small Animal Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Ryan Bray's clinical interests include acute kidney injury and chronic kidney disease, minimally invasive diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, immune-mediated blood disorders, and nutritional management of the critically ill patient.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Small Animal Internal Medicine)
  • Residency, Small Animal Internal Medicine, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, VCA Animal Hospital Aurora & Berwyn, Chicago, IL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology and Animal Science, University of Florida, Gainesville
Dr. Bray enjoys sports, traveling and a number of outdoor activities. He and his wife, also a BluePearl clinician have a daughter and a number of pets: dog Rivers, cat Wilson, two leopard geckos, two corn snakes and a Betta fish.
Dr. Alan Cross is board certified in veterinary surgery. He is sitting with a small black dog on his lap.
Alan Cross
DVM, DACVS
Surgery
Alan Cross
DVM, DACVS
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery
Surgery
Servicing Locations
Dr. Alan Cross focuses on orthopedic surgery and frequently publishes and lectures on various procedures and topics within the specialty.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons
  • Residency, Surgery, University of Georgia, Athens
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, University of Georgia, Athens
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Bachelor of Science, Vanderbilt University, Nashville
Dr. Cross is passionate about motorsports. He can often be found in his garage under an automotive restoration project or racing his Spec Miata race car on various tracks in the Southeast.
Dr. Michael Di Cicco is board certified in veterinary internal medicine.
Michael Di Cicco
DVM, DACVIM
Internal Medicine
Michael Di Cicco
DVM, DACVIM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Michael Di Cicco's professional interests include upper and lower urinary tract diseases, cystoscopy, abdominal ultrasonography, nutrition, and infectious diseases.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
  • Residency, Small Animal Internal Medicine, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, Cornell University, Ithaca NY
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Bachelor of Science, Purdue University, West Lafayette IN
Dr. Di Cicco enjoys riding his road or mountain bike, watching Chicago sports teams, and spending time with his friends and three dogs, Marlowe, Linus and Max.
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Erika Edmund
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Erika Edmund
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Erika Edmund is part of our emergency medicine training program for clinicians. Interested in all facets of emergency medicine, Dr. Edmund finds treating trauma cases especially gratifying.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University, AL
  • Bachelor of Arts, Biochemistry, Occidental College, Los Angeles CA
When not at the hospital, Dr. Edmund enjoys traveling, trying new food, playing video games and hiking with her dog, a one-eyed Chihuahua-terrier mix.
Dr. Andrew Eitzer is a clinician in our Diagnostic Imaging service.
Andrew Eitzer
MS, DVM
Diagnostic Imaging
Andrew Eitzer
MS, DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Diagnostic Imaging
Servicing Locations
Dr. Andrew Eitzer is interested in multiphase CT angiography for abdominal and thoracic vascular anomalies, parathyroid gland ethanol ablation to treat primary hyperparathyroidism and abdominal ultrasound to identify intraluminal foreign bodies.
  • Residency, Diagnostic Imaging, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Internship, Diagnostic Imaging, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University, North Grafton, MA
  • Master of Science, Colorado State University, Fort Collins
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Syracuse University, NY
Dr. Eitzer enjoys playing soccer and basketball, trying new beers, going to the movie theater and reading. His immediate family includes his fiancée and their two cats, Mimosa and Zinfandel.
Dr. Lauren Fout is a clinician in our radiation oncology service.
Lauren Fout
MVB
Radiation Oncology
Lauren Fout
MVB
BluePearl Veterinarian
Radiation Oncology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Lauren Fout is excited about the new developments in veterinary radiation therapy to include stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) and stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) protocols, both of which are types of nonsurgical radiation therapy that can deliver precisely targeted radiation in fewer high-dose treatments than traditional therapy. She also has an interest in the use of both traditional western medicine and support therapy with integrated/nontraditional medicine for overall patient well-being.
  • Residency, Radiation Oncology, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
  • Internship, Medical Oncology, BluePearl Specialty + Emergency Pet Hospital, Tampa, FL
  • Internship, Medical Oncology, BluePearl Specialty + Emergency Pet Hospital, Atlanta, GA
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Nashville Veterinary Specialists, TN
  • Master of Veterinary Biology, University College Dublin, Ireland
  • Bachelor of Science, Agriculture (Animal Health Technology), Murray State University, Murray, KY
Dr. Fout loves traveling internationally as well as exploring locally. Other interests include reading and baking. She has two rescue dogs, Sprockey and Muppet.
Dr. Destinee Gardiner is a small animal medicine and surgery intern. She is crouched next to a brown dog.
Destinee Gardiner
DVM
Dr. Destinee Gardiner is a small animal medicine & surgery intern. She has been working in veterinary medicine for over 10 years, and she finds septic patients the most gratifying to treat.
  • Clinical Rotation, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ross University, St. Kitts & Nevis, West Indie
  • Bachelor of Science, Pure Mathematics, University of South Florida, Tampa
Dr. Gardiner’s fiancé is an ECC resident, and together they have three dogs and a cat. She enjoys horseback riding, hiking, sewing, dancing, working out and martial arts.
Dr. Rebecca Gele is a clinician in our emergency medicine service.
Rebecca Gelé
DVM
Critical Care
Rebecca Gelé
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Resident
Critical Care
Servicing Locations
Dr. Gelé is always ready to tackle challenging cases like immune mediated diseases, diabetic ketoacidosis and Addisonian crisis. She doesn’t shy away from puzzling or complex illnesses.
  • Internship, Emergency & Critical Care, BluePearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital, Sandy Springs GA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Mississippi State University, Starkville
  • Bachelor of Science, Zoology, Auburn University, AL
  • Bachelor of Science, Biophysics, Georgia State University, Atlanta
Dr. Gelé likes to travel and attend sporting events. An outdoor lover, she enjoys kayaking and hiking with her husband and two dogs. Emmy is an energetic, mid-size brindle herding mix who likes to run and play. Reese is a wire-haired Jack Russell mix who likes chasing squirrels, sunbathing and snuggling.
Dr. Terrance Hamilton is board certified in veterinary oncology. He is sitting with a large black and white dog.
Terrance Hamilton
DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)
Oncology
Terrance Hamilton
DVM, DACVIM (Oncology)
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Oncology
Oncology
Servicing Locations
Prior to coming to Georgia, Dr. Hamilton was the medical director and oncologist at a busy referral hospital in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Oncology)
  • Residency, Oncology, Purdue University, West Lafayette IN
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Dr. Hamilton’s favorite sport is baseball – he’s a Cleveland Indians fan. He and his wife enjoy every chance they get to spend time with their son and daughter.
Dr. Stanley Hunter is a doctor in our emergency medicine service.
Stanley Hunter
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Stanley Hunter
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Stanley Hunter enjoys all aspects of emergency medicine.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee AL
  • Bachelor of Science, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee AL
Dr. Hunter likes watching sports to include football, basketball, tennis, golf and cheering on the Yankees.
Dr. Ronald Johnson is board certified in veterinary neurology.
Ronald Johnson
DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)
Neurology, Neurosurgery
Ronald Johnson
DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Neurology
Neurology, Neurosurgery
Servicing Locations
The diagnosis and treatment of head trauma and neuromuscular disease drew Dr. Johnson to the specialty of veterinary neurology and neurosurgery.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Neurology)
  • Residency, Neurology, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Central Florida, Orlando
An active sportsman, Dr. Johnson enjoys golf, tennis, and competing in triathlons. But even more so, he enjoys the company of his wife and their three children.
Dr. Ted Johnson is an emergency medicine veterinarian.
Ted Johnson
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Ted Johnson
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Ted Johnson enjoys educating clients about their pets’ conditions and training new clinicians on the BluePearl team.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Animal Medical Center, New York NY
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Sciences, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Dr. Johnson’s hobbies include biking and playing board games. He has a border collie mix named Remy.
Dr. Andrew Kurtzman is a small animal medicine and surgery intern.
Andrew Kurtzman
DVM
Andrew Kurtzman
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Servicing Locations
Dr. Andrew Kurtzman is a small animal medicine & surgery intern. He developed and built a canine pericardiocentesis model that has been presented nationally and used to train veterinary students. Dr. Kurtzman is most interested in oncology, specifically lymphoma and canine hemangiosarcoma treatments.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Bachelor of Science, Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University, College Station
Dr. Kurtzman enjoys spending time with his fiancée and two dogs, resin casting and playing Magic: The Gathering card game.
Illustration of a silhouette of a figure with a stethoscope draped around their neck.
Danielle Laughlin
DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)
Cardiology
Danielle Laughlin
DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Cardiology
Cardiology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Danielle Laughlin is particularly interested in cardiac imaging using advanced echocardiography techniques and novel treatments for heart disease including new drugs and supplements to support patients with chronic heart disease. She lectures nationally on the management of heart disease in dogs and cats to help veterinarians better care for their patients. Discovering that your pet has heart disease can be overwhelming, but Dr. Laughlin enjoys working with her clients personally to help them manage their pets' care and provide their pets with the best quality of life for as long as possible.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Cardiology)
  • Residency, Cardiology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, The Ohio State University, Columbus
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus
  • Bachelor of Arts, Zoology, Miami University, Oxford OH
In her free time, Dr. Laughlin likes to travel, cook and spend time with her family. She and her husband have three children, two patient terriers and one handsome cat.
Dr. Olivia Lex is part of our emergency medicine training program for clinicians.
Olivia Lex
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Olivia Lex
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Olivia Lex is part of our emergency medicine training program for clinicians. She enjoys the variety of cases in emergency medicine and has a particular interest in wound repair and treating toxicities.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston
Dr. Lex favors outdoor activities, such as hiking, and is a huge football fan — especially the LSU Tigers. She has a little terrier mix name Dahlia, who is nine pounds of sass.
Illustration of a silhouette of a figure with a stethoscope draped around their neck.
Jenny Lind
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Jenny Lind
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Jenny Lind has a strong interest in wound management and enjoys the challenge and variety of emergency medicine. She especially loves seeing the strength of the human-animal bond and supporting both pets and their families.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Coral Springs Animal Hospital, FL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Bachelor of Science, Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, Pennsylvania State University, University Park
Dr. Lind enjoys spending time with her Labrador mix, Matilda, along with her leopard tortoise, Pop Tort. She also enjoys watching Penn State football (WE ARE) and cheering for the Florida Gators.
Dr. Lori MacDougall is board certified in small animal veterinary surgery.
Lori MacDougall
DVM, MVSc, DACVS-SA
Surgery
Lori MacDougall
DVM, MVSc, DACVS-SA
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery (Small Animal)
Surgery
Servicing Locations
Dr. Lori MacDougall's special clinical interests include pain management, oncology and reconstructive surgery. She enjoys performing soft tissues surgeries and orthopedics limited to knee surgery.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons (Small Animal)
  • Residency, Surgery, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, Saskatoon, Canada
  • Masters in Veterinary Science, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, Saskatoon, Canada
  • Internship, Surgery, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Washington State University, Pullman
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, Saskatoon, Canada
  • Bachelor of Art & Science, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada
Dr. MacDougall and her husband enjoy spending time with their active sons, two cats and dog. Whenever possible, you can find her enjoying outdoor activities and working out.
Dr. Mary Beth Maynard is a clinician in our emergency medicine service.
Mary Beth Maynard
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Mary Beth Maynard
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Mary Beth Maynard is particularly interested in emergency procedures, treating trauma cases, wound repairs and emergency anesthesia.
  • Clinical Rotation, Oregon State University, Corvallis
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ross University, St. Kitts & Nevis, West Indies
  • Bachelor of Science, Avian Biology, University of Georgia, Athens
Dr. Maynard has a dog named Max, who she adopted in St. Kitts during vet school, and two cats: siblings named Patrick and Fury.
Dr. TIffany McAllister is a doctor in our emergency medicine service. She is kneeling beside a large mixed breed dog.
Tiffany McAllister
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Tiffany McAllister
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Tiffany McAllister enjoys the variety that emergency cases bring. She finds it very rewarding to have the opportunity to help clients in their time of need work through a stressful situation with their pets.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Georgia Veterinary Specialists, Sandy Springs
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University, Ames
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Iowa State University, Ames
Dr. McAllister has been a member of the Air National Guard since shortly before the 9/11 attacks. She stays active with CrossFit training and enjoys traveling to new places. Her personal goal is to hike to Mount Everest base camp. Rock and Sherman are her two rescue dogs.
Dr. Eric Mize is an intern in our neurology service.
Eric Mize
DVM
Neurology
Eric Mize
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Neurology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Eric Mize is an intern in our neurology service. He finds inflammatory brain disease and seizures the most gratifying to treat.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, VCA Sacramento Veterinary Referral Center, CA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University, AL
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, University of Findlay, OH
Dr. Mize has a 7-year-old beagle mix named Dakota.
Dr. Olga Norris is board certified in veterinary internal medicine.
Olga Norris
MS, DVM, DACVIM
Internal Medicine
Olga Norris
MS, DVM, DACVIM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine
Servicing Locations
Within the internal medicine specialty, Dr. Olga Norris’ clinical interests include endocrine and gastrointestinal diseases. She especially enjoys feline medicine.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
  • Residency, Small Animal Internal Medicine, Kansas State University, Manhattan
  • Master of Science, Kansas State University, Manhattan
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, University of Missouri, Columbia
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University, AL
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of Alabama, Birmingham
Dr. Norris and her husband enjoy traveling, cooking and hiking. They have two poodles and a cat.
Dr. Jennifer Parkes is board certified in veterinary neurology.
Jennifer Parkes
DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)
Neurology
Jennifer Parkes
DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Neurology
Neurology
Servicing Locations
Originally from Nova Scotia, Dr. Jennifer Parkes' clinical interests include seizure management, inflammatory brain disease and intervertebral disc disease.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Neurology)
  • Residency, Neurology, Iowa State University, Ames
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Georgia Veterinary Specialists, Sandy Springs
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island, Canada
  • Bachelor of Science, Dalhousie University, Halifax NS
Dr. Parkes and her husband, Dr. Nick Berryessa, met while completing their internships at Georgia Veterinary Specialists. Along with spending time with her husband and daughter, she also enjoys cooking, travel and hiking.
Dr. Courtney Paulis is an emergency medicine veterinarian.
Courtney Paulis
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Courtney Paulis
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Courtney Paulis prides herself on learning the latest medical advancements to grow her knowledge and provide the best care for her patients. Her professional interests include wound repair and pediatric patient care.
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Tuskegee University, AL
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro
Dr. Paulis is married with a son. She has eight cats and three dogs. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time outdoors, gardening and walking with her dogs.
Dr. Jennifer Pittman is board certified in veterinary emergency and critical care medicine.
Jennifer Pittman
DVM, DACVECC
Critical Care
Jennifer Pittman
DVM, DACVECC
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
Critical Care
Servicing Locations
Dr. Jennifer Pittman is particularly interested in the treatment of snake bites, sepsis and coagulation disorders.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
  • Residency, Emergency & Critical Care, University of Georgia, Athens
  • Internship, Emergency & Critical Care, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Texas A&M University, College Station
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia, Athens
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Georgia, Athens
Dr. Pittman is an accomplished violinist. She’s played since elementary school and has been a member of the Athens Symphony Orchestra since 1999. She enjoys traveling, scuba diving and the company of her three cats.
Dr. Sayra Reyes is a clinician in our emergency medicine service. She is sitting with a long-haired dog on her lap.
Sayra Reyes
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Sayra Reyes
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Sayra Reyes is particularly interested in gastrointestinal disease and toxicities.
  • Internship, Michigan Veterinary Specialists, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras
Dr. Reyes relaxes with a book or snuggles with her corgi-mix pooch named Kyler. She can also be found dancing with her husband.
Cassandra Ruthrauff, DVM, DACVS-SA, veterinary surgeon at BluePearl Sandy Springs.
Cassandra Ruthrauff
DVM, DACVS-SA
Surgery
Cassandra Ruthrauff
DVM, DACVS-SA
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery-Small Animal
Surgery
Servicing Locations
Dr. Cassandra Ruthrauff enjoys all aspects of small animal surgery.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons-Small Animal
  • Residency, Surgery, Veterinary Surgical Associates, San Francisco CA
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Garden State Veterinary Specialists, Tinton Falls NJ
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A & M University, College Station
Dr. Ruthrauff enjoys watching professional sports, particularly New England teams, as well as playing soccer, wakeboarding and snowboarding. Her two dogs and two cats also keep her busy.
Dr. Gustavo Sepulveda is board certified in veterinary radiology. He is sitting with a long-haired small dog on his lap.
Gustavo Sepulveda
MS, DVM, DACVR
Diagnostic Imaging
Gustavo Sepulveda
MS, DVM, DACVR
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Radiology
Diagnostic Imaging
Servicing Locations
Before joining BluePearl in Georgia, Dr. Sepulveda was assistant professor of veterinary radiology at the Michigan State University.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Radiology
  • Residency, Radiology, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Masters of Science, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez
  • Bachelor of Animal Science , University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez
Dr. Sepulveda and his wife have three children that keep them busy. To relax, he enjoys watching boxing.
Dr. Leslie Shelnutt is a clinician in our internal medicine service.
Leslie Shelnutt
DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)
Internal Medicine
Leslie Shelnutt
DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Small Animal Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Leslie Shelnutt enjoys all aspects of internal medicine. Her particular interests include immune-mediated, infectious and gastrointestinal diseases.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Small Animal Internal Medicine)
  • Residency, Small Animal Internal Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Internship, Emergency & Critical Care, BluePearl Specialty + Emergency Pet Hospital, Sandy Springs, GA
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia, Athens
  • Bachelor of Science, Agriculture, Animal Science, University of Georgia, Athens
Some of Dr. Shelnutt’s favorite pastimes include traveling, running and hiking. She has a Labrador named Gwen and mixed breed dog named Meredith.
Dr. Alex Sigmund is a clinician in our Ophthalmology service.
Alex Sigmund
DVM
Ophthalmology
Alex Sigmund
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Ophthalmology
Servicing Locations
Dr. Alex Sigmund is particularly interested in good communication with his clients about their pet's diagnosis. Within ophthalmology, Dr. Sigmund enjoys performing cataract surgery and eyelid procedures. He can often be found on the exam room floor playing around with his patients to help them feel at ease.
  • Residency, Comparative Veterinary Ophthalmology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Internship, Comparative Veterinary Ophthalmology, BluePearl Specialty + Emergency Pet Hospital, Tampa, FL
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia, Athens
  • Bachelor of Science, Agriculture, University of Georgia, Athens
Dr. Sigmund enjoys visiting Piedmont Park with his partner, collecting rare house plants and cuddling his noodle-like Ragdoll cat, King Louie.
Dr. Bailee Stahl is a clinician in our emergency medicine service.
Bailee Stahl
DVM
Emergency Medicine
Bailee Stahl
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Emergency Medicine
Servicing Locations
Dr. Bailee Stahl is particularly interested in treating trauma and sepsis cases.
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, MedVet, Chicago, IL
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Concordia University, Mequon, WI
Dr. Stahl lives in Atlanta with her fiancé, another veterinarian, and their two cats: Mosa and Zin. She enjoys running, exploring new restaurants and breweries, baking and listening to music.
Dr. Rachel Tulipan is board certified in small animal surgery.
Rachel Tulipan
DVM, DACVS-SA
Surgery
Rachel Tulipan
DVM, DACVS-SA
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery-Small Animal
Surgery
Servicing Locations
Dr. Rachel Tulipan has a particular interest in portosystemic shunts, patent ductus arteriosus and wounds.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons-Small Animal
  • Residency, Small Animal Surgery, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Sandy Springs GA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee College, Knoxville
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Washington State University, St. Louis
Dr. Tulipan enjoys playing tennis and volleyball, hiking, running, riding her two horses and spending time with her pets: Mickey, a mixed breed dog and cat Huey.
Dr. Christina Whitley is a resident in our critical care service.
Christina Whitley
DVM
Critical Care
Christina Whitley
DVM
BluePearl Veterinarian
Critical Care
Servicing Locations
Dr. Christina Whitley chose the field of emergency and critical care medicine because she likes seeing all types of cases and being first in line to help save lives. Dr. Whitley finds respiratory distress, immune-mediated disorders, trauma and sepsis particularly gratifying to treat.
  • Residency, Emergency & Critical Care, BluePearl Specialty + Emergency Pet Hospital, Sandy Springs, GA
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Atlanta, GA
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
  • Bachelor of Science, Animal Science & Biology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
Dr. Whitley has a daughter and a son with her husband, who is a veterinary internal medicine specialist. They have one dog (a beagle named Rivers), three cats (Wilson, Edie and Hattie), two leopard geckos (Herman and Miranda) and two corn snakes (Bianca and Goliath).

Together with her family, Dr. Whitley enjoys running, reading, traveling, being outdoors and watching sports. She is a volunteer for CHERUBS, a non-profit organization that focuses on research and providing resources for parents of children born with congenital diaphragmatic hernias.
Dr. Kevin Winkler is board certified in veterinary surgery.
Kevin Winkler
DVM, DACVS
Surgery
Kevin Winkler
DVM, DACVS
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery
Surgery
Servicing Locations
Dr. Kevin Winkler enjoys all aspects of small animal surgery. He currently serves on the American Veterinary Medical Association’s disaster relief team.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons
  • Residency, Surgery, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia, Athens GA
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Georgia, Athens GA
Dr. Winkler and his wife have four children, two dogs and two cats. They enjoy traveling and following the Georgia Bulldogs.
Dr. Jackie Wypij is board certified in veterinary oncology.
Jackie Wypij
DVM, MS, DACVIM (Oncology)
Oncology
Jackie Wypij
DVM, MS, DACVIM (Oncology)
BluePearl Veterinarian
Board Certified in Veterinary Oncology
Oncology
Servicing Locations
After nine years as an assistant professor at the University of Illinois, Dr. Jackie Wypij remains dedicated to teaching others and is often invited to speak at national veterinary conferences. She also continues to pursue additional training for herself and has earned certificates in grief counseling, online teaching and clinical and translational research methods. Dr. Wypij’s particular clinical interests include canine lymphoma and mast cell tumors; feline cancer of all types, especially oral; and palliative and hospice care.
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Oncology)
  • Residency, Oncology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Internship, Oncology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Kansas State University, Manhattan
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca NY
  • Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, Daemen College, Amherst NY
Dr. Wypij enjoys dancing the Argentine tango, hiking, camping or chasing after her two children.